I often wish my life was like a yellow-tinted Wes Andersen film, and his latest venture, Moonrise Kingdom, with it's cool kids and 'we don't need adults' ethos, is no exception to the rule.
Set in a quiet island off New England, the plot follows a runaway scout, Sam, and his young and troubled girlfriend, Suzy, as they attempt to flee their unhappy lives for an adventure. As the pair set out on a heart-warming and innocent camping trip, the locals follow them in a comically extreme, and incapable, search party.
Desperate for the teens to triumph, we watch them grow closer and track their relationship with their pursuers, who eventually join with them in the face of larger authorities, portrayed by the chilling Tilda Swinton.
Moonrise Kingdom is beautifully filmed, genuinely acted, sweet, funny and uplifting. And the young actors, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who play Sam and Suzy, make breakthrough roles that will satisfy the inner child in all of us.